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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Law (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law with Placement
  • LLB Law with Criminal Justice
  • LLB Law with Criminal Justice with Placement
  • LLB Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law
  • LLB Law with international Arbitration and Commercial Law with Placement
  • Graduate Entry LLB Law
  • Graduate Entry LLB Law with Placement

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

New students

There are no changes to the content of the course.

Returning students 

There are no changes to the content of the course for Level 5 students.

At Level 6 we are reintroducing Employment Law and are offering new optional modules, namely, Law, Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Law and Policy.

Availability of work placements will depend on the situation of employers and placement providers, and opportunities may be reduced.  

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

There are no changes to the number of teaching hours per module, with a minimum of 42 hours per module. 

Lectures will be held in real time online on a weekly basis. They may include recorded material.

Interactive seminars (small group classes) will be held for each module. When they are held varies across modules. It is expected that there will be 10 seminars for each module and that there will be several seminar groups for each module. It is expected that, where possible, 70% of the seminar groups for each seminar topic will be held in person on campus and 30% will be online.

Support/resources: 

Module guides, recordings, powerpoint slides, Talis Aspire reading lists (all available via BBL). Assistance with academic skills from ASK. Some students will have the opportunity of peer assisted learning (PAL) with L5 students. Students will be able to seek help and advice from personal tutors, the English language tutor and the Law skills tutor by arrangement.

Assessment: 

Summative continuous assessment (some in person, some online). Summative coursework assessments and multiple choice tests will be undertaken online. Summative exam assessments may be conducted online.

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your Brunel email account, so please keep checking your email.

Returning students 

There are no changes to the number of teaching hours per module: 

  • Level 5: a minimum of 42 hours per module.  
  • Level 6: a minimum of 30 hours per module.

Level 5 lectures: Lectures will be held in real time online on a weekly basis. They may include recorded material.

Level 5 interactive seminars (small group classes):  It is expected that there will be 10 seminars for each module and that there will be several seminar groups for each module. It is expected that, where possible, 70% of the seminar groups for each seminar topic will be held in person on campus and 30% will be online.

Level 6 modules vary in structure but most will include online lectures held in real time which may include recorded material, and interactive seminars for each module.  It is expected that there will be 8 seminars for each module and that there will be several seminar groups for each module . It is expected that, where possible, 70% of the seminar groups for each seminar topic will be held in person on campus and 30% will be online.

Support/resources Module guides, recordings, powerpoint slides, Talis Aspire reading lists (all available via BBL). Assistance with academic skills from ASK. Students will be able to seek help and advice from personal tutors, the English language tutor and the Law skills tutor by arrangement. L6 students will be allocated dissertation supervisors.

Assessment: L5 and L6: Summative coursework assessments and multiple choice tests will be undertaken online. Summative exam assessments may be conducted online.

L5:  Summative continuous assessment (some in person, some online).

L6: Dissertation presentations will be conducted online or in person depending on circumstances. 

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.

If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

For feedback/consultation hours this academic year, please contact your module leaders, lecturers, markers and tutors directly to arrange. Staff contract details can be found on the CBASS Staff profiles and click on Brunel Law School.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

 A handbook giving guidance to students is provided and students are deemed to have read the handbook. In addition, an assessment handbook is provided.

The Student Experience Committee is a forum for discussion and student representatives are also invited to the Board of Studies.

Student focus groups are consulted on an ad hoc basis. Meetings are held with student representatives as needed.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our societies and activities that include Student Law Society, Debating and Mooting societies as well as and LawLives. There is also Peer Assisted Learning involving Level 4 and Level 5 students.

Find out more about societies here.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-ESGW@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21